don't we all
Matt Wile, per Scout, went from a zero star kicker to a 3-star in one week!
Either he has improved faster than any other player in the history of football, or, there is a flaw in the star-ranking-system. I'll get back to you as soon as I uncover which one it is...
Per David Brandon's Twitter:
Scoop: Later today,we'll announce Michigan vs. Air Force - 9/8/12 @The Big House - great to host one of our great service academies again!
Rivals ranks 2011's 10 most explosive players on the field.
That #1's pretty good...lucky program who's got him.
The answer, I think, given a reasonable definition of "recruit," is No.
Let's review. Here are the Hoke recruits:
- Russell Bellomy - Arlington TX
- Tamani Carter - Pickerington OH
- Keith Heitzman - Hilliard OH
- Antonio Poole - Cincinnati OH
- Matt Wile - San Diego CA
Now to be sure, there is Raymon Taylor of Highland Park. Decommit from Indiana who, by all accounts, wanted a Michigan offer all along, and took the offer from Hoke as soon as it was extended. We might be able to debate whether that is "recruiting," or simply "offering."
And there is Jake Fisher; having decommitted following the firing of Rich Rodriguez, Fisher is now being "recruited" all over again. We can likewise debate whether Jake Fisher is a Brady Hoke "recruit."
Finally, there is the likely offeree, Thomas Rawls of Flint. Who apparently did not ever need to be sold on Michigan, who was understandably below Dee Hart on a list of desired RB's, and who until recently had serious ACT concerns.
In fact, I'd argue that Hoke has done a decent job in dealing with the terrible problems that were caused by the premature termination of Rich Rodriguez's six-year contract. Hoke has done okay in recruting some Ohio, Texas and California kids; some of whom were previous SDSU recruiting contacts, albeit kids that Hoke was not successful in actually committing to San Deigo State.
We have some great Michigan kids in this class, of course; and they were all recruited by Rich Rodriguez and his staff. Hollowell, Beyer, Hayes, Morgan. Kids from Ohio (the traditionalists think that Ohio recruiting is nearly as sacred as State of Michigan recruiting) include Greg Brown, Jack Miller and Chris Rock. Among the Top 50 high schoolers in this state, Michigan got 5 of them (MSU got 6 of them), and three of the Top 10 are coming to Michigan. It is hard to picture a single high-level recruit in the state that was lost to a rival because of Rich Rodriguez. Zettel certainly comes to mind, but we just don't know what that story really was. MSU got the kids it was expected to get its reliable feeder-schools. Notre Dame got the state's best kicker, with apparently nothing anyone could do to sway Kyle Brindza, who might have given ND an oral commitment when he was in kindergarten. Valdez Showers is going to Florida, DeAnthony Arnett is going to Tennessee. Eh.
The real point of all of this has nothing to do with Hoke's skills or deficiencies, but rather with the exploding myth that Rich Rodriguez was somehow a deficient Michigan recruiter whose errors, in Michigan, are now being somehow corrected by Hoke. That is a myth that is unsupported by the numbers and the names.
Edit. - Amazing it is, how a post that contains some mild congratulation for Brady Hoke, and some very moderated defense of Rich Rodriguez, can get flamed on the 2011 MGoBlog. Drew Sharp's favorite attack on this and all other similar blogs was that they were beneath consideration as serious information outlets, because they were simply collections of fan-boys. I rejected that; my contention was that there was more thoughtful criticism of Michigan football from Brian Cook than one could ever hope to find in the Free Press. I still think that I am more closely-aligned in my thinking with this blog's host, than are most of the readers and particularly some of the members replying below...
Edit. II - Some of you dumb-asses really need to learn how to read. I didn't criticize Hoke's recruiting. I didn't suggest that Michigan needed to recruit more Michigan kids. I didn't say most of the things that you guys are imagining. Just read, people. I'll make it real easy for you all: Amidst all of the claims that Brady Hoke is currently "repairing" in-state recruiting damage allegedly caused by the Rodriguez tenure, Brady Hoke hasn't landed a single new Michigan recruit. I am not saying that he should. I am not saying that we need some more in-state kids. I am not even predicting that Brady Hoke won't do some very good recruting in Michigan. Apart from stealing Brindza, or Lawrence Thomas, or Showers, etc, I'm really not suggesting that Hoke somehow needs to get some more in-state kids. I am simply saying that the anti-Rodriguez argument, such as it may be based on Brady Hoke's "repairs", has no supporting evidence in the real world.
And special replies to two commenters:
Blue_in_NC: You are SO right! Hoke's biggest recruit so far, by far, has been "the media." The Media is Michigan's biggest recruit of 2011.
Yost Ghost: I hope that my bias in favor of Rich Rodriguez isn't "veiled" at all. Not even "thinly veiled." My support for coach Rodriguez, and my distatse for the way that he was treated in Michigan, is as open as it is determined.